A young, pregnant mom writes in looking for advice on finding a lump in her breast. She wants to hear if anyone has ever experienced the same thing.
A Community Member asks:
“Hi, can I ask a question anonymously? I’m 24 and nearly five months and noticed a lumpy area in one my breasts been there for a few months (I have breastfed not sure it’s related) (no family history if BC). The doctor thought it was nothing to worry about but still referred me for a mammogram, which I thought, “if she thinks it’s nothing to worry about why would she send me for one?” Has this happened to anyone else and being pregnant?“
Community Advice for the Pregnant Mom Worried About a Lump in Her Breast
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The community had some encouraging comments for our pregnant mom. You can read some of these comments below.
“They do that as precautionary, sometimes either milk ducts or lymph nodes swell. I had one under my arm and they sent me for an ultrasound, it was just a swollen lymph node. Best to go and have it check than worry throughout your pregnancy.“
“They’re probably nothing to worry about. I think the doctor is sending you for a mammogram for your peace of mind.“
“I had a few throughout my pregnancy/breastfeeding journey. My doctor told me it was more than likely a milk duct, but better safe than sorry!“
“Better safe than sorry. I had/have one at 6.5 mo pregnant, and was reassured that it’s just a cyst, which I guess are very common when the hormones start going. I definitely would have gone for the mammogram if they’d recommended it, though.“
“I’d request an Ultrasound be done over the Mammogram.“
“I have big boobs had them throughout my pregnancy was checked and it was only dense tissue it’s better to be safe then sorry doctors can usually feel the difference between dense tissue and a cancerous lump but they always send you to get checked as a precaution don’t let it stress you. I know it’s easier said than done but you’re in good hands. I’d be worried if they didn’t send you to have further tests to check.”
Being pregnant, and especially since you breastfed before, it’s not uncommon to feel a lump in your breast. The doctor requesting a mammogram is strictly trying to rule out anything else more serious. It was mentioned that you might request an ultrasound first, and I would agree. If it is a duct or related to your milk-making glands, you would be able to see this with an ultrasound. This would be a little less invasive and probably make you more comfortable. Whatever you end up going with try to remain positive, and remember: it is just for confirmation that it is indeed just a swollen milk duct.
There is a nice article that I think may help you feel more at ease with all of this: If You Find a Breast Lump During Pregnancy
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Dawn Onye is a Certified Lactation Counselor. With this certification comes education and her own experience helping mothers and babies with breastfeeding. With her CLC, she is required to keep herself up to date on the research studies, conferences, and training related to breastfeeding. She chose this field not just because she is an advocate for the benefits of breastfeeding, but because she sincerely loves working with mothers and babies. Her mission is not to push breastfeeding on all mothers and babies, but to help all mothers reach the goals they have and to provide the expertise for them to do so. The most important thing in life is to do what is best for your family without judgment from others.
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